Longhorns Looking at Postseason Bid

Texas's dreams of a run to the NCAA Tournament likely died when the Longhorns fell 66-49 to Kansas State on Thursday. But that doesn't mean the Longhorns won't learn their postseason plans on Selection Sunday.

With the NCAA Tourney out of reach, Texas has two remaining options, the NIT or the CBI. There is some mystery around the Longhorns potentially getting an NIT invite — the tournament hasn't ever taken a team with a losing record, and the Longhorns are 16-17 this season. But some feel there might be a loophole: the NIT has a habit of not counting games against Division II teams, largely to not reward schools that became .500-plus only by beating a D2 team or two. But Texas lost the lone game it played against a Division II school when Chaminade beat up the Longhorns in the Maui Invitational opener. If that "rule" is also applied to losses, Texas becomes 16-16, and has the requisite .500 record.

Still, that would appear to be a long-shot, particularly with conference foe Baylor sitting there with an 18-14 record. The Bears, not the Longhorns, would be the ideal choice for the NIT.

But Texas is likely to get an invitation from the CBI, meaning the Longhorns will have a chance to keep playing — and perhaps most importantly, practicing — basketball for the foreseeable future. And with the nation's youngest team, that benefit can't be oversold.


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